About Audrey Shearer

Owner/founder of Spiral, a software development company based in Wellington, New Zealand. Beekeeper, gardener, motorcyclist, vegetarian, I abhor cruelty to animals.

We layered up our Firewall in the fight against cyber hacking

Firewall diagram There has been a firewall protecting our clinical trial servers (and your data) ever since we put our first project in “the cloud” in 2013. In the past 5 years we have had no incidents but in our striving for excellence we have gone one step further and added another layer [...]

By | November 1st, 2017|Security|Comments Off on We layered up our Firewall in the fight against cyber hacking

TARGET Case Study Published

As the TARGET Trial races towards the successful enrolment of its 4,000 patients, we are pleased to publish a case study of our involvement in the project. TARGET involves 46 ICU's in both New Zealand and Australia. The trial commenced in 2016, it has been recruiting at extremely high rates. Enrolments will be completed early, certainly [...]

By | October 30th, 2017|Case studies|Comments Off on TARGET Case Study Published

Plus has started enrolments

Time to celebrate as the PLUS Trial has begun taking enrolments.  For the team at The George Institute and us here at Spiral, it’s a major milestone. Enrolments mean the completion of the development stage and advancement towards the target of enrolling 8,800 patients.  Enrolments also mean the first shipments of study treatment have been [...]

By | October 12th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Plus has started enrolments

Congratulations to the winner of the Spiral iPad in Queenstown

We were at the ANZICS-CTG Winter Research Forum in Queenstown last week. It was the most fun I’ve ever had at a conference. It was especially enjoyable being able to give away an iPad to the best “conference” photo on twitter. Congratulations to Samantha Bates for her fabulous photo of The Remarkables reflected in her car [...]

By | August 31st, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Congratulations to the winner of the Spiral iPad in Queenstown

Win an iPad at the ANZICS CTG Winter Research Forum

Spiral is running a competition around the ANZICS CTG 2017 Winter Forum, in stunning Queenstown, New Zealand. The prize of a brand new, 128Gb iPad Mini which will be presented on Friday the 25th of August immediately prior to morning tea. Here's what we want you to do: between now and 8am on the 25th [...]

By | August 18th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Win an iPad at the ANZICS CTG Winter Research Forum

Introducing our new Project Manager

Meet our new Project Manager, Bryn Gilbertson. He has been working as a tester for us, testing on the PLUS Trial, and earlier this month accepted the role of Project Manager. The role had been mapped out and loaded on our website ready to advertise as soon as we received confirmation of our next project. [...]

By | August 14th, 2017|Spiral, Team News|Comments Off on Introducing our new Project Manager

See you in Queenstown 23rd-25th August

Spiral is going to the ANZICS-CTG Winter Research Forum in Queenstown. The forum provides an informal opportunity for investigators to gain early advice and feedback on research proposals, to explore issues relevant to study design and conduct in ANZ ICUs and to foster a collaborative approach to study development within the CTG. We are very pleased and excited [...]

By | August 8th, 2017|Events|Comments Off on See you in Queenstown 23rd-25th August

TASI Trial launched this week

This week we launched another study - the TASI Study This is a small, low budget pilot trial that will test the potential overall benefit of the TightRope versus syndesmotic screw fixation for ankle injuries. You can read more about it on the Spinnaker website » The trial has been running for over 12 months using [...]

By | July 14th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on TASI Trial launched this week

Your database on steroids

In the space of a week our sys ops have upgraded our clinical trial server in Sydney (Wombat) and added another server to cope with the growth in Spiral and the popularity of our Spinnaker Software. The server upgrade means Spinnaker just got a whole lot quicker and access to your database is faster. We [...]

By | July 3rd, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Your database on steroids

Email hosting no longer supported

From the 1st of October this year we will no longer support email hosting.  We will continue to provide email forwarding services on domains managed by us. If you have email hosted with us, and it's working the way you want, then you can leave it and our server will continue to store you email [...]

By | July 2nd, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Email hosting no longer supported